Police Looking For New Recruits


The police may be looking for you --if, that is, you're interested in joining the Payson Police Department as a recruit.

The department has two openings for recruits, said Chief Gordon Gartner, and for the first time, his staff will be opening up the position to any qualified resident of the Rim country.

"The person we're looking for would be hired as an officer, and would be paid to attend and complete the Police Academy," Gartner said Wednesday. "This is somewhat of a rare opportunity; we usually hire officers either right out of the academy, or send our reserve officers to complete their training."

Potential recruits must have a high school diploma or GED, must be at least 21 years old, pass background checks, polygraph tests, psychological exams and a medical exam. He or she must also be willing to work shifts that could include nights, weekends and holidays.

"The recruit must also be able to pass the physical test, which includes running 500 yards, dragging a 160-pound newspaper reporter, things like that," Chief Gartner said. They must also have a clean driving record, and live within 10 miles of the Beeline-Highway 260 intersection.

The two recruits selected will spend the next four or five months at the Police Academy in Prescott, living on campus.

Anyone interested in becoming a police officer can pick up a complete application packet at Payson Town Hall. Applications must be returned by Dec. 15 to the Town of Payson's administrative services department. Testing begins the following morning at 9 a.m. The police academy begins Jan. 17.

For more information, call the police department at 474-5177.

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